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18 January, 2018

FEC Approves Projects in Water, Aviation and Power Sectors

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N3.7 billion for the rehabilitation of Kazaure water project and N656 million for upgrading of obsolete Flight Safety Laboratory and framework for investment in the nation’s power sector.

Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, who alongside the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, made this known while briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of the Council’s meeting.

He said the Kazaure water project which was started in 1997 and abandoned in 2000 would soon be resuscitated under the on-going Federal Government’s programme of resuscitating all irrigable land across the country.

Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said that the upgrading of the flight laboratory was necessitated by the fact that the equipment which was established in 2012 had become obsolete.

Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing said the Council approved a framework of investment at the 33KVA and 11KVA line in expanding the national distribution network, to deliver an extra 2000Megawatts of electricity (to consumers) which is currently not getting to the grid.

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FG to involve more Nigerians in Meter Manufacturing – Fashola The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola on Thursday said the Federal Government had concluded plans to involve more Nigerians in meter manufacturing. Fashola spoke while inspecting the National Meter Test Station in Oshodi, Lagos. He said that the measure would reduce the pressure on Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) on meter supply. “The core business of DISCOs is to transport energy; their business is not to supply meters. “The government will address metering more vigorously this year with regulations which will open up business in metering to more investors. “This will reduce the pressure on DISCOs so that they can concentrate more on their core business. “So, we will open up the business to other people who want to play in the sector once the meter regulations are completed this year,” he said. Fashola said that Nigeria’s meter journey from 1950 showed that consumers depend on meters from foreign countries. “We have seen Nigeria’s meter journey; the meters from 1950 to date, meters from Greece, Japan, Britain and China. This has shown that how our industry totally depends on meters from foreign countries. “But now, we are beginning to see meters from local manufacturers like Mojec and Moman; that is a good place to be. “At present, we have over 100 million telephone subscribers in Nigeria, but let me ask you, how many telephones are made in Nigeria? “We spend millions of naira to buy telephone from China and still we will go back and borrow money from China. “So, we want to change that in the meter industry; we are happy that some Nigerians are manufacturing meter in Nigeria and we promise to support them,” he said. He added that the National Meter Test, under Nigerian Electricity Management Service Agency (NEMSA) was to test the accuracy of meters before installation. According to him, the accuracy tests are in two steps, so that the DISCOs will not cheat consumers and consumers do not cheat DISCOs. The minister reiterated the FG’s plan to roll out meters to Nigerian consumers soon. He said: “We plan to roll out meters, and we must”. The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of NEMSA and Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation, Mr Peter Ewesor, said all meters being used by the DISCOs passed through the centre before installation. According to him, it is not possible for the meters that passed through the centre to shortchange consumers. (NAN) Source: (NAN)
12 January, 2018
Aftermath Of Fire Incident Reported By Gas Processing Company : Tcn , Gencos Working To Restore Operation Of National Grid …We urge members of the public to bear with us as we work to overcome this set back which should be temporary- MINISTRY Regrettably, after a sustained period of increasing production and distribution of power since September 2017 to date, the Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Ltd (NGPTC) has reported a fire incident on its Escravos Lagos Pipeline System near Okada, Edo State on Tuesday, 2nd January, 2018. The incident requires a shutdown of the pipeline supplying gas to Egbin 1,320MW; Olorunsogo NIPP 676MW, Olorunsogo 338MW, Omotosho NIPP 450MW, Omotosho 338 MW and Paras 60MW power stations. The sudden loss of generation due to interruption in gas supply from these stations caused the national transmission grid to trip off around 20:20 on 2nd January 2018. The national transmission grid is owned and operated by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN). Most of Nigeria's power generation is from thermal power stations that require gas for fuel. The gas is produced by oil and gas companies overseen by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources. The gas is delivered to the power stations through pipelines owned and operated by Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Ltd (NGPTC), a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC). TCN and the generation companies are working to restore operation of the national grid. Once the national grid is restored output from the hydroelectric power stations and all other unaffected gas fired thermal power stations will be increased to the extent possible to minimize the impact of loss of generation from the affected power stations while NNPC takes necessary steps to restore gas supply. We urge members of the public to bear with us as we work to overcome this set back which should be temporary. Signed: MINISTRY OF POWER, WORKS AND HOUSING
3 January, 2018
NEMSA Embarks On A Nationwide Technical Monitoring And Evaluation Of Primary 33kv Feeder Lines With Associated 33/11kv Injection Substations The Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) has commenced a Nationwide Technical Monitoring and Evaluation of the primary 33KV feeder lines and associated 33/11KV injection substations with supply source from 330/132/33KV transmission substations. The exigency of the exercise is to identify constraints militating against quick realization of the Federal Government’s policy and efforts for sustainability of the incremental, steady and uninterrupted power supply as they are achieved through the 33KV primary feeder lines to the 33/11KV injection substations and subsequently through the 11KV feeder lines and associated distribution transformers and finally to the consumers. Also this is to identify the high risk and technical loss points along the 33KV feeder lines. Again this is to enable NEMSA find out the causes/reasons for load rejection by the DisCos and to make recommendations for dealing with identified issues/challenges. Engr. Peter O. Ewesor, the MD/CEO NEMSA & Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation, while on one of the inspections, said “the importance of the exercise cannot be overemphasized in light of the spate of the increasing number of electrical accidents and incidents, power failures/outages at the downstream-of the power value chain (power distribution networks) even when there is a huge increase in power generation in the grid system”. The exercise, which commenced on the 18th of October, 2017, has so far covered Abuja, Ikeja, Kano, Benin, Port Harcourt, Kaduna and Enugu DisCo’s networks and the exercise is still ongoing. Furthermore, Engr. Ewesor said “the exercise will identify high risk defective networks that pose serious threat and danger to operators’ operational staff and the general public for immediate attention and correction/rectification by respective DisCos and TCN.  Therefore, the importance and the expected positive impact of this National Technical Monitoring and Evaluation exercise which is part fulfilment of NEMSA’s mandate cannot be overemphasized. During the exercise, some of the DisCos were given immediate order to effect rectification of the defects and lack of procedures that were observed.
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OTHER NEWS
16 January, 2018

Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing
Public Procurement Department (Power Sector)

Re - Request for Quotation

The Federal Ministry of Power, Works & Housing (Power Sector) hereby wishes to inform the general public and the contractors who responded to the REQUEST FOR QUOTATION on (SUPPLY OF ITEMS AND SERVICES) earlier issued via our On-Line portal, dated Thursday 8th December, 2017 as extended is hereby stepped down by the Ministry.

2.    This decision was taken due to some difficulties experienced in our On-Line procurement network and web platform; this caused some stalemates which considerably negated some procurement ethics and the due confidentiality the Ministry seeks to advance.

3.    The Ministry sincerely regrets any inconvenience this decision may have caused the public and the Bidders/Contractors. This action taken by the Ministry is to ensure probity and better service delivery.

4.    Interested contractors are hereby informed that the stepped down procurement shall be repeated among the first round of our procurement Notices/Request for Quotation in the Month of January, 2018.

5.    Thanks for your patronage.

Signed
Permanent Secretary

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Speeches
9 January, 2018

Remarks By Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN At The 23rd Monthly Power Sector Operators Meeting Held In Lafia, Nasarawa State, Monday 8th January, 2018

I will like to start this my remarks by highlighting the Progress and milestones on our journey for incremental power which reassure us that we are on the right path and inspire us to continue with more belief.

Those milestones are represented by:
a. Generated power has gone up to 7000 MW in 2017 from 3,000  MW in May 2015
b. Transmission Capacity at 6900MW in 2017 from  about 5,000  MW in May 2015
c. Peak Distribution now averaging 5,000 MW in 2017 from 2,690MW in 2015.

That said I will like to thank all of you for your contributions towards these milestones.

The reason I thank you is because you are impacting the lives of Nigerians, you are saving them money and changing their lifestyles for the better.

They tell me that their consumption of diesel and petrol to run generators for power has reduced and the hours they run their generators has gradually reduced.

This is the result of incremental power and we must get more of it.

They also tell me that they are now monitoring how they use power and are turning off appliances that are not needed.

Although this is meant to save costs, it also conserves energy, reduces waste and supports incremental power.

In the last 3 months we have increased the supply of power in the dry weather and people’s experience with power was better.

We must thank the Ministry of Petroleum  Resources for the increase in gas supply .

The cynics who used to say that it is only during the rains that power improves now see that what we have done is no fluke.

Apart from Gas other stakeholders are also taking commendable steps.

A few months ago the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) formally presented the Mini Grid Regulations at this meeting and its impact is beginning to manifest.

Last month in Abuja, Nigeria through the Rural Electrification Agency  hosted a Mini Grids Summit that is the largest ever attended in Africa with 600 participants from about 40 Countries.

The word is spreading around the world as mini grids will help us connect more people and boost incremental power.

We are also putting together a policy position to help expand the distribution network of the DisCos and use this to distribute the 2000MW that is currently available but cannot be distributed.

I also use the opportunity to call out to Manufacurers to let us know where they are, how much power they need, and how we can connect you because we have 2000 MW of undistributed power.

This year we should work harder to increase our people’s access to meters and reduce the incidents of estimated billing as NERC concludes the Meter Regulations that will open up the meters supply and installation business.

In the first few days of the new year we suffered a set back to our power supply which was caused by damage to the gas supply network around Okada.

First, I want to repeat that gas is the fuel that most of the generation companies use to produce electricity and all of us have a stake in ensuring that they are not damaged.

Secondly, I am happy to inform Nigerians that as at last night the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) informed us that repairs have been completed. We thank and commend them for their response.

Thirdly, what remains is to test the lines and restore pressure and supply to the generation companies.

One by one all the stakeholders from GenCos, TCN and DisCos will work to restore supply to the levels they were before the pipeline damage.

From there we will continue our journey of incremental power.

I wish you all a happy new year.

Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN
Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing

8th January 2018

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Photo News
10 January, 2018

FIRST FEDERAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING OF 2018

Left to Right National Security Adviser MajorGen Babagana Monguno left Minister of Power Housing and Works Babatunde Fashola and Secretary to Government of Federation SGF Mustapa Bossduring the first Federal Executive Council meeting of 2018 presided over by His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR on Wednesday 10th January 2018

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12 January, 2018

FASHOLA INSPECTS THE NATIONAL METER TEST STATION OSHODI LAGOS

Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde FasholaSAN 2nd left and Managing DirectorCEO Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency NEMSA Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation Engr Peter Ewesor 2nd right during the inspection visit of the Hon Minister to the NEMSA National Meter Test Station OshodiLagos on Thursday 11th January 2018

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